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U.Va. Arts in the News 2014-2015

October 2014

UVA Today, Berlin Wall Symposium to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Historic Fall Nov. 3-9 October 24, 2014, by Robert Hull

In April, University of Virginia officials unveiled four panels from the former Berlin Wall, on loan from a private collector and installed at a site adjacent to Alderman Library and the Small Special Collections Library.

During the first week of November, the University will connect those physical artifacts with history through a Grounds-wide series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Cold War symbol.

“The Berlin Wall Symposium: The Fall of a Symbol, The Will of a People” will offer a dynamic, multidisciplinary exploration of the fall’s importance through lectures, talks, presentations and live performances. It will bring together academics, scholars and artists from the University community and beyond to highlight the cultural, political and historical implications around one of the watershed moments of the 20th century.

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The Cavalier Daily, A conversation with Kevin Spacey: The Cavalier Daily sits down with the multitalented arts advocate after this year’s President’s Speaker for the Arts event October 20, 2014, by Arts and Entertainment Staff

The University welcomed world-renowned entertainer Kevin Spacey to John Paul Jones Arena Saturday, in the second installment of the President’s Speaker for the Arts series.

The sold-out event was preceded by performances from University dance students and selections from the University Singers’, in celebration of the University’s revitalized commitment to enriching arts initiatives and programs across a variety of creative outlets. The student performances were followed by words from Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts, and University President Teresa Sullivan.

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In The Capital, Kevin Spacey Calls UVa Presidential Shuffle a 'House of Cards' Political Lawn Game October 20, 2014, by Molly Greenberg

Kevin Spacey didn't need to use the raspy southern drawl of mysterious political mastermind Frank Underwood for an entire speech to make an impression on University of Virginia students Saturday. From stories of his career to life advice for soon-to-be graduates and impressions of well-known celebrities, Spacey easily connected with the UVa crowd during the second installment of the President's Speaker for the Arts series, often times comparing memories from the Wahoo's pasts to the world of "House of Cards."

As a long-time supporter of the performing arts, Spacey was the ideal choice for an event meant to highlight the importance of the arts and the power to inspire from the theater. And while he followed in UVa alumna Tina Fey's footsteps this year, he sure wasn't willing to hide in her shadow. Rather, Spacey made sure he would be remembered by Charlottesville by offering to streak the Lawn with UVa President Teresa Sullivan and soon after touching on the connection between Sullivan's failed ouster and the "political lawn game" Underwood is known for facilitating in "House of Cards."

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TV Spyglass, Kevin Spacey Discusses His Career and “House of Cards” at UVa October 19, 2014

Kevin Spacey sees Frank Underwood as a “misunderstood” role model in the political arena depicted in the Netflix hit series, “House of Cards.” Therefore, his counterpart would make a wonderful source of information for students looking to be successful at the University of Virginia. At least that’s what the Academy Award winning actor believes. He was in Charlottesville last night as part of the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, now its second year. The event was held at the John Paul Jones Arena.

The series serves to highlight the importance of the arts (music, drama, dance, architectural design, and studio art) in forming the whole person. Spacey applauded the efforts of schools that are working to embrace “STEAM” instead of “STEM.”

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UVA Today, Spacey Offers U.Va. Students ‘Frank Underwood’s Guide to Surviving College’ October 19, 2014, by Ashley Patterson

Despite jokingly claiming that he was the third-choice speaker for this year’s installment of the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts at the University of Virginia – after the Charlottesville-based Dave Mathews Band and basketball superstar Joe Harris – Kevin Spacey captured a John Paul Jones Arena audience of about 9,000 people with stories of his career, life advice for students and impressions of celebrities.

The award-winning American film and stage actor, director, screenwriter and producer was the second annual speaker in the series, which is supported by the offices of the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. U.Va. alumna Tina Fey gave last year’s inaugural address.

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The Daily Progress, House of Cavs will be packed when Kevin Spacey addresses John Paul Jones Arena listeners October 17, 2014, by David A. Maurer

The name Kevin Spacey on a playbill or marquee can ensure long lines of theatergoers eager to lay their money down.

Apparently, the same is true when the Academy Award-winning actor is just being himself and extolling the virtues of the arts in society. When it was announced that he would be doing that at 6 p.m. Saturday at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena, tickets were snapped up as if they were free — which they are.

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UVA Today, Hal Holbrook, Barry Levinson Headline 2014 Virginia Film Festival Schedule October 7, 2014, by John Kelly

This year’s Virginia Film Festival will feature a diverse program array of more than 100 films and a guest lineup that includes Hal Holbrook, Jenna Elfman, Frank Langella, Patrick Wilson, Barry Levinson, Katie Couric, Richard Roundtree and Jasmine Guy.

The festival, set for Nov. 6-9, is presented by the University of Virginia.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama to Open Season with Powerful Drama ‘Every Tongue Confess’ October 2, 2014, by John Kelly

The University of Virginia Drama Department will open its 2014-15 season on Oct. 9 with Marcus Gardley’s powerful drama, “Every Tongue Confess,” at the Ruth Caplin Theatre.

Directed by Theresa M. Davis, “Every Tongue Confess” will be presented Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15-17 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

The production is presented with the support of the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts, and in cooperation with U.Va.’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.

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UVA Today, Master Stylist James Salter Takes Post as First Kapnick Writer-in-Residence October 1, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

When author James Salter came to the University of Virginia in 1991 as the Rea Visiting Writer, he left a note in the Creative Writing Program’s book for the Rea writers to sign their names. Salter mentioned William Faulkner’s time at U.Va. as writer-in-residence in the late ’50s and his lasting stature in literature.

What goes around, comes around: Salter has returned to the University as the inaugural Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence this fall, renewing Faulkner’s legacy. “It’s quite an honor,” Salter said.

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September 2014

UVA Today, ‘Fearless’ Poet Claudia Rankine to Read, Discuss Events in Ferguson September 26, 2014

Claudia Rankine, one of the most innovative poets writing today, will visit the University of Virginia on Wednesday. She will read from her just-published book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” and lead an open discussion focusing on recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bryan Hall, room 229. Her visit is sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the Creative Writing Program.

In a recent interview in The New Yorker, Rankine said of her new book, “I started working on ‘Citizen’ as a way of talking about invisible racism – moments that you experience and that happen really fast. They go by at lightning speed, and you begin to distrust that they even happened, and yet you know that you feel bad somehow.”

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UVA Today, Who Needs Stories Most? U.Va. Student Helped Award-Winning Irish Author Decide September 25, 2014, by Jane Kelly

Mirenda Gwin is a fourth-year Echols Scholar from Vinton. A history and media studies double major, she is writing a thesis on modern American legal history. Gwin traveled to Dublin, Ireland, this summer through the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life intern program. This is a first-person account of her time in Ireland.

I had a glancing brush with fame this summer while studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I wasn’t fortunate enough to see any leprechauns or lucky enough to find out if there really is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Instead, I had the good fortune to work with the author of the “Artemis Fowl” books, a best-selling line of young adult fantasy novels that has inspired Walt Disney Studios and the Weinstein Company to create a Hollywood film around the series.

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UVA Today, Festival to Honor 12 Pioneering Faculty, Alums with ‘Founding C’ville’ Awards September 24, 2014, by H. Brevy Cannon, Ashley Patterson

If you’ve been to the Downtown Mall lately, you may have noticed some new faces – on dozens of banners hanging from lampposts. These Tom Tom Founders Festival posters feature 18 local “founders” – Charlottesville innovators who have transformed their community and impacted the world through original research, business and service initiatives.

One of these “Thomas Jeffersons of today” created the world’s first at-home fertility test for men. Another invented a new approach to culturing human cells that may one day be the foundation for growing replacement human body parts.

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UVA Today, Creators of Award-Winning ‘Les Misérables’ to Take Center Stage at U.Va. September 22, 2014, by Robert Hull

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” – whether in the form of a novel, film or musical – tells an enthralling tale of love, sacrifice and redemption, a universal and timeless story lit with passion at every turn.

On Christmas Day 2012, yet another film version of “Les Misérables” opened in movie theaters across the United States: the first film version of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s award-winning stage musical of the same name.

The movie set a record for the highest opening-day gross for a musical film. It garnered eight Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway.

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UVA Today, New Exhibit Goes Behind the Scenes to Re-examine Landmark 1948 Photo Essay September 17, 2014, by Robert Hull

In a 1948 issue of Life magazine, a photo essay entitled “Harlem Gang Leader” introduced Gordon Parks to the world.

Although Parks had been a professional photographer for nearly a decade, his name was virtually unknown, something he shared with the vast majority of professional photographers at that time. But his byline in Life – by far the most widely read news and photo magazine in America – changed all that.

Opening Friday at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and running through Dec. 21, “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument” explores the untold story behind the photo essay that introduced one of the 20th century’s most important African-American photographers, filmmakers and writers to the American public.

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UVA Today, New Architecture Dean Discusses School’s Strengths, and its Future September 10, 2014, by Robert Hull

On July 15, longtime faculty member Elizabeth (Beth) K. Meyer became the 13th dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, succeeding Kim Tanzer, who did not seek reappointment. Meyer, a “Double ’Hoo” who joined the faculty in 1993, accepted a two-year term, after which she plans to return to teaching. She recently took time to discuss her thoughts as she began her new duties.

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UVA Today, Jazzed-Up Symphony to Give Free Pops Concert in McIntire Amphitheater September 4, 2014, by Lindsey Rosenthal

The University Programs Council of the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia are joining forces to present the annual “Symphony Under the Stars” on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. First launched in 2009, this free outdoor pops concert will take place in the McIntire Amphitheater at U.Va. (The rain location is Old Cabell Hall on the U.Va Grounds.)

Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra will perform selections including “All That Jazz” from the hit film and Broadway musical, “Chicago”; a suite from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”; Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” and more.

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UVA Today, Kluge-Ruhe Welcomes Aboriginal Sculptor for Three-Week Residency September 4, 2014, by Lauren Maupin

The Kluge-Ruhe Aborginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia will host artist Ricardo Idagi, a multimedia sculptor and musician from Melbourne, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 4. His residency and exhibition, sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts, will provide a number of opportunities to meet the artist and learn about his culture and artwork.

Idagi grew up on Mer (Murray Island) in the Torres Strait, north of mainland Australia. He was encouraged to produce art by two uncles, one of whom was Eddie Koiki Mabo, who is famous internationally for winning native title rights to Mer Island in 1993.

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UVA Today, Kevin Spacey Will Be U.Va. President’s Speaker for the Arts on Oct. 18 September 2, 2014, by Robert Hull

Kevin Spacey – award-winning American film and stage actor, director, screenwriter and producer – will address the University of Virginia on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the John Paul Jones Arena for the second annual U.Va. President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.

The President’s Speaker Series for the Arts is supported by the offices of the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the local community are all welcome to participate in this landmark arts event. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

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The Daily Progress, Oscar-winning 'House of Cards' star Kevin Spacey will speak Oct. 18 for UVa arts series September 2, 2014

Kevin Spacey will be drawing in the usual suspects — an estimated 5,000 of them — for the University of Virginia’s second President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Tickets will be available starting Wednesday.

The Academy Award-winning actor will speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at John Paul Jones Arena, where doors will open at 5 p.m. More than 5,000 people are expected to turn out to hear Spacey, a film and stage actor who also is a director, screenwriter and producer. UVa students, staff and faculty members and local community members all are welcome.

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August 2014

UVA Magazine, The Tactile Library: Fine arts library creates a new collection of building and design materials August 2014, by Erin O'Hare

In a small, windowless room in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, a new library collection is growing. The room’s shelves are lined with boxes of all sizes filled with rectangles of orange and aqua dichromatic glass, textured wood tiles, rubber bricks in bold primary colors, carbon aerogel (the lightest solid on Earth) and pieces of insulation made of fungus.

The Materials Collection, as it is called, is a hands-on resource offering easy access to supplies to inspire students’ building and design projects.

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UVA Today, New Fralin Museum Exhibit Captures the Dazzle of Early Indian Painting August 29, 2014, by Robert Hull

A new exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia offers a unique entry into the world of early modern India through an array of colorful paintings.

“Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Paintings from the 15th to the 19th Century,” on view through Dec. 14, includes several artistic traditions that range across the span of centuries.

This is art made for emperors and empresses, kings and queens, and wealthy merchants. The exhibit reveals what they saw – and links the viewer directly to worlds far away and long ago.

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UVA Today, More Than A Dozen Changes to Look For on Grounds August 22, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

Alexander Graham Bell said when one door closes, another one opens. That rings true at the University of Virginia: With renovation complete, all of New Cabell Hall’s doors have opened, even as the iconic Rotunda is closed for renovation.

Among other new things on Grounds for 2014-15, three new deans will lead schools, new majors will engage students and major literary and arts figures will visit U.Va. Several changes offer new opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

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UVA Today, Couric Coming to Virginia Film Festival to Present Documentary on Food Industry August 20, 2014, by John Kelly

University of Virginia alumna Katie Couric will return to Charlottesville for this year’s Virginia Film Festival to present a special screening of the documentary “Fed Up.”

“Fed Up,” which Couric narrates and executive-produced (with Laurie David, producer of “An Inconvenient Truth”), has been widely promoted as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see” and is based on the premise that everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is wrong.

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UVA Today, BOSS: New Academic Journal is Born to Run in Cyberspace August 14, 2014, by Matt Kelly

Elvis will always be “The King,” Jeff Lebowski will always be “The Dude,” Frank Sinatra will always be “The Chairman of the Board.” And Bruce Springsteen will always be “The Boss.”

Now The Boss has BOSS – the Biannual Online-journal of Springsteen Studies, an academic journal focusing on scholarly studies of Springsteen. Jonathan Cohen, a graduate student in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History who holds the Newman Family Jefferson Fellowship, is the driver behind BOSS, which he sees as an online crossroads of Springsteen studies. The journal’s debut issue came out Aug. 8.

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UVA Today, Arts Advocate Ruth Sacks Caplin Has Died August 8, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

Champion of the arts Ruth Sacks Caplin, a multi-talented artist and educator, died Aug. 5 in Washington. She was 93.

The Ruth Caplin Theatre of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama was named in recognition of her lifelong advocacy for the arts.

Ruth Caplin was married to Mortimer M. Caplin, a U.Va. alumnus, former Law School professor, former Board of Visitors member and longtime benefactor of the University.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professors Among Finalists for Prestigious International Prize August 6, 2014, by Robert Hull

Two projects designed in part by University of Virginia faculty members are among the 11 finalists for a major international landscape architecture prize.

Organizers of the eighth Rosa Barba International Landscape Architecture Biennale Prize, to be awarded next month in Barcelona, last month recognized three U.Va. School of Architecture faculty members – Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover and Teresa Galí-Izard – as outstanding designers.

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July 2014

UVA Today, U.Va.’s Recent Creative Writing Grads Get Rave Reviews for New Books July 29, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

From a crime thriller about a professional baseball pitcher who moonlights as a detective to a collection of true childbirth stories told by the mothers, several recent and forthcoming books by alumni of the University of Virginia’s graduate Creative Writing Program, housed in the English department, touch on relevant American themes and are getting favorable reviews.

• The author of “The Setup Man,” T.T. Monday – the pen name of Nick Taylor – is “a new heavy hitter on the thriller scene,” according to his publisher, Doubleday. “Monday takes readers inside a rich and highly entertaining world where crime and baseball intersect and delivers a debut that moves like a 96-mile-an-hour fastball.”

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UVA Today, Meet U.Va. Grad Kim Dylla, Heavy Metal Seamstress July 22, 2014, by Robert Hull

Since graduating from the University of Virginia in 2005, Kim Dylla has done a lot of things: played music, helped build a digital re-creation of ancient Rome and, most recently, launched a business creating custom-made clothing for rock and metal bands ranging from Journey to Machine Head.

She recently answered a few questions about her time at U.Va. and her clothing venture, Kylla Custom Rock Wear.

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UVA Today, Heritage to End Season with Tony Award-Winning ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ July 18, 2014, by John Kelly

The 40th-anniversary season of the Heritage Theatre Festival season will close with an uproarious farce that has delighted audiences around the world.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” opens July 24 at the Culbreth Theatre and runs through Aug. 2, bringing with it an evening’s worth of sharp satire, mistaken identities, plot twists and merry mayhem.

The farce won raves on London’s West End before heading to New York, where it scored seven Tony Award nominations and won a Tony for Best Actor.

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UVA Today, Heritage to Present Puppet-Powered, Tony Award Triple Crown Winner ‘Avenue Q’ July 11, 2014, by John Kelly

Puppets may be taking the stage next week at the University of Virginia’s Ruth Caplin Theatre, but the next show in Heritage Theatre Festival’s 40th anniversary season is anything but kids’ stuff.

“Avenue Q” is a modern-day coming-of-age story that follows a young college graduate as he moves to the big city, where he meets a cast of characters – both human and puppets – who inform his quest to discover his purpose in life.

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UVA Today, Listening to Nature: A Sound Artist Takes His Place Among Biologists July 10, 2014, by Robert Hull

Every July, art meets biology at the University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station.

The field station for U.Va.’s Department of Biology – located on 650 acres at 3,800 feet elevation in rural Pembroke, roughly halfway between Blacksburg and the West Virginia state line – is home to a community of scientists and students from around the country who conduct research in everything from ecology to evolutionary genetics. The station’s population swells in the summertime.

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UVA Today, Characters Coiffed and Dangerous: U.Va. Heritage Theatre Opens ‘Shear Madness’ July 8, 2014, by Robert Hull

Every character is suspect and each member of the audience becomes an armchair detective in “Shear Madness,” a record-breaking comedy sensation that has delighted audiences in America and around the world for more than three decades.

The University of Virginia’s Heritage Theatre Festival continues its 40th-anniversary celebration beginning Wednesday with the whodunit in a hair salon where every performance features up-to-the-minute improvisation that makes it fresh.

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